Idaho teachers

Idaho is facing a teacher shortage. And it’s bound to get worse.  A report from the Economic Policy Institute says the United States was short 110,000 teachers in 2018 and that may shoot up to 200,000 by 2025. That’s serious–two decades of research indicate good teachers make a major difference in the classroom. It’s not …

Large classes – a good thing??

“Students may be better served by being in larger classes, if by hiring fewer teachers, a district or state can better compensate those who have demonstrated high ability and outstanding results.” I can’t look at this statement by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos without wondering what classes were like in those private schools she attended. …

Legislature – Good & Bad News

With March in sight and budget bills ready, the legislature moved into high gear this week, making some people happy, some sad, and others both happy and sad. The most cheering news was that a bipartisan majority managed to kill two bills aimed at  repealing Medicaid Expansion while they were still in the House Health …

Education Progress??

In 2010 the State Board of Education set a goal to have 60 percent of Idaho’s 25- to 34-year-olds hold some post-high school certification by 2020.  With employment forecasts predicting most job growth to be in medical and computer-related fields, the goal made real sense. Now, it’s apparent Idaho won’t be meeting the 2020 target …

Idaho Politics: Education, The Gap, and Public Lands

by Judy Ferro Following candidate forums in Pocatello and Twin Falls last week, newspapers in both cities ran nearly identical headlines stating that education, health care reform and public lands dominated discussions. These are issues important to voters on which Democratic and Republican candidates differ; moreover, on these issues, most Idahoans agree with Democrats. Republican …